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Working all of Britain

June 16, 2013 By: G7DDN Category: Club, News

WAB staff

WAB members manning a promotional stall at a recent radio fair

The hobby of Amateur Radio has spawned a number of operating awards over the years; Worked All Continents and Worked All States are two examples, but there is a Worked All Britain!

WAB, as it is known, was devised by John Morris G3ABG back in 1969. It was started to promote an interest in the Amateur Radio hobby in Britain and to sponsor a series of awards based on the geography of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

WAB award chasing can almost become a hobby in its own right! Radio enthusiasts will travel to remote parts of the country just to activate rare “squares” based on National Grid references.

After experiencing a heyday in the 1970’s and 80’s, WAB is making a comeback in the UK and more and more stations can be heard on air activating squares and joining in WAB sponsored events and contests.

This Tuesday at Wythall Radio Club, two of the leading members of the WAB movement in Great Britain are visiting us to explain just what is behind this resurgence. Husband and wife team, Judith G4IAQ and Dave G4IAR will be presenting a talk in the Darts Room in Wythall House, Silver Street, Wythall B47 6LZ.

Visitors, as always are welcome. The presentation starts at 2030.